Saturday, December 30, 2006


The 17th Annual Children's Kwanzaa Celebration

Saturday, December 30, 2006
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

for fun activities that introduce and reinforce Afrikan and Afrikan American
culture to our children. Volunteers are needed to make this event a successful one so artists,
storytellers, dancers, musicians and coordinators all are welcome!

All volunteers are asked to arrive to Ashe at 9:00 a.m. on the day of the event. Please call
prior to arrival. This event is presented by the UMOJA Committee, an open membership group
of volunteer educators and parents, dedicated to effecting the self–esteem of the Afrikan
American child.

Mama Olayeela Daste at (214) 514-1266 or Ashé Cultural Arts Center at (504) 569-9070.

Wednesday, December 27, 2006




As a part of the Season, the African American Leadership Project (AALP), Ashé Cultural Arts Center,
the African American Museum and the Community Book Store are once again sponsoring the annual
public celebration of KWANZAA in New Orleans from December 26th, 2006 through January 1st, 2007.

Public celebrations are scheduled from December 26th through December 30th, and families are
encouraged to celebrate at home on December 31st, and January 1st. We encourage everyone to
celebrate KWANZAA either at a public event of their choice or at home with family and friends.
The 7 principles which were developed as the value system for nation building are especially important
as a framework for the rebuilding of our city- village today. We warmly invite your participation,
and encourage you to disseminate the schedule and this e-mail to your friends and mailing lists.

AALP will sponsor the evening celebration consisting of cultural-spiritual events and a discussion of UNITY with our YOUTH and UNITY with the struggles and issues of Public Housing residents at Ashé Cultural Arts Center, 1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd. 6:00 pm -8:30 pm. Families are welcome and light refreshments will be served.

OPEN OBSERVANCE 6:00 pm at Ashé Cultural Arts Center.

The AALP will sponsor the evening celebration consisting of cultural-spiritual events, and a review of the 2006 accomplishments of community groups working on the recovery, and their plans for 2007 at Ashé Cultural Arts Center from 6:00 pm-8:30 pm. The goal is to increase cooperation and collaboration (Ujima) between organizations in our community. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information, contact Vera Warren at 504-915-4782

UJiIMA Inc and Mama Alma will host the annual Children's Kwanzaa from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at Ashé Cultural Arts Center. This event is one of the most important and beautiful events of the public Kwanzaa celebration. Bring out your children so that they may learn their culture and the value of community, sharing and caring.

The African American Museum of History and the Community Book Store will jointly sponsor the evening celebration from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at the Museum, 1611 Gov. Nicholls St. in the Treme. Speakers, music, dance, drumming poetry, books and exhibits will be featured. This celebration will be a special opportunity to show support for both of these vital community institutions. Refreshments will be served.




MTANGULIZI SANYIKA ( for the committee)

For more information, please call Ashé Cultural Arts Center at 504-569-9070.

Friday, December 15, 2006


Feel the Spirit of New Orleans, Catch the Spirit of Ashé

December 15th-17th, 2006, “Holiday on the Boulevard,” Oretha Castle Haley Boulevard's Holiday Festival will celebrate its seventh anniversary.
Seven years is a major milestone in the life of a festival with the opportunity to embrace the delicate spirit of hope that is taking root in our City. Our theme for this festival is “Feel the Sprit of New Orleans, Catch the Spirit of Ashé.” We are working to spread the spirit of hope, possibility and belief in our continued intention and ability to rebuild our City into a world-class urban center.

Plan to spend the weekend with us! Enjoy good food and shop with our vendors. Listen to the creative messages of our musicians and poets. Let the children have fun with Baba Kwanzaa and Mama YeYe’s games and stories.

All events are at Ashé Cultural Arts Center unless otherwise noted.


School Field Trip Celebration
9:00am - 11:00am Imagination Tour with Bamboula 2000

(Dance and drum workshop)
11:00am - 11:30am St. Luke’s Homecoming Center Youth Group (Theater)
11:30am - 12:30pm Christmas and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration
1:00pm - 2:00pm Imagination Tour with Bamboula 2000

(Dance and drum workshop)
2:00pm - 2:30pm Christmas and Pre-Kwanzaa Celebration

2:00pm - 9:00pm Ashé Marketplace - open for Hoiday Shopping

*10:30am-1:00pm Family Bookmaking: Personalized books for your kids (Zeitgeist 1724 O. C. Haley Blvd)

Holiday on the Boulevard Opening Reception – 6-9pm
6:00pm – 6:30pm Lloyd Daly (Solo piano)
6:45pm – 7:00pm Arrival of Baba Kwanzaa and Mama Yeye
7:00pm – 9:00pm Legendary Bluesman Grand Pa Elliot and Friends


12:00pm - 9:00pm Ashé Marketplace
Noon - 12:30pm Ashe Drum Circle
1:00pm - 1:30pm New Orleans Dance Collective

(Under the direction of Janet Andrews)
1:45pm – 2:15pm Sistahs Making a Change (Dance)
2:30pm – 3:00pm Page One (Hip-hop/dance)
3:15pm - 3:45pm Confederation

(Hip-hop from New Orleans Science and Math High School)
4:00pm - 4:30pm New Orleans Renaissance Society (Spoken word)
4:30pm -5:15pm Philip Manual and his Trio (Jazz)
5:30pm - 7:00pm MercyCorps Presents:

The New Orleans Modified Drum Circle plays Christmas
7:15pm - 7:45pm The Mardi Gras Indian Collective
8:00pm – 9:00pm Bamboula 2000 (World Funk)

Between 4-6pm Living History Characters

*10:30am – 12:30am Family Bookmaking:
Personalized books for your kids (Zeitgeist)
*1:00pm – 4:00pm Children Activities - Games, Puppets and Films (Zeitgeist)


3:00pm - 7:30pm Ashé Marketplace
3:00pm - 3:45pm Men of Nehemiah (Gospel)
4:00pm - 4:30pm Jo "Cool" Davis (Gospel)
4:45pm - 5:15pm Jonaja Performance Company presents excerpts from the Broadway play, DREAMGIRLS (Directed by Leo Jones)
5:30pm - 6:15pm Rev. Lois Dejean (Gospel)
6:45pm - 7:15pm NOLA Playback (Improve Theater)
7:30pm – 8:15pm – Zion Trinity (Reggae)

*1:00pm – 4:00pm Children Activities - Games, Puppets and Films (Zeitgeist)
Still Standing – Screening and discussion
PSAs from High Voltage Youth Media Camp

New Orleans has a way of growing on you. You love New Orleans and New Orleans loves ya back. Please spend the weekend with us as we "Feel the Spirit of New Orleans and Catch the Spirit of Ashé." We are encouraging the spirit of reunion and the doubling of efforts to create a real future for our neighborhood and city.

For more information call (504)569-9070.

Sunday, December 10, 2006


ITVS Community Cinema Screening of SHADYA at Ashé

ITVS Community Cinema
features monthly community screenings of upcoming Independent Lens Films, co-presented with leading community organizations working on related issues. All screenings feature a panel discussion, guest speaker or other audience engagement component.

Please join us for the screening of SHADYA, by Danny Hakim, Udi Kalinsky and Roy Wrestler.

Sunday, December 10, 2006 at 6:30 pm
Ashé Cultural Arts Center
1712 Oretha Castle Haley Blvd.
Central City, New Orleans

Admission is Free and Open to the Public

is the story of a charismatic 17-year-old karate world champion who strives to succeed on her own terms within her traditional Muslim village in northern Israel. The film takes an intimate look at the evolution of a young Israeli Arab woman with feminist ideas in a male-dominated culture.

An Independent Lens Premiere, SHADYA will air nationally on the Emmy Award-Winning PBS Series on Tuesday, January 16, 2007 at 10:00 pm. (Check local listings.)

Look here for program descriptions, event locations and more information on ITVS COMMUNITY CINEMA.

ITVS Community Cinema is made possible with support from PBS, CPB and local Producing Partners: Ashé Cultural Arts Center, House of Lordés and the Charitable Film Network.

Saturday, December 9, 2006


Amnesty for Prisoners of Katrina:

A Weekend of Reconciliation and Respect for Human Rights

Watson Memorial Teaching Ministries
4400 St. Charles Avenue,
New Orleans

Saturday, December 9, 2006
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Human Rights Teach-In

6:00 - 7:30 pm
Dinner and Roundtable Discussion
Keynote Address by Angela Y. Davis

Sunday, December 10, 2006
Amnesty Sunday
Morning Worship Services and Interfaith Call to Action

1:00 - 3:00 pm
Press Conference and Rally

for more information:
(504) 304-3784

Register online at:

Tuesday, December 5, 2006


Left Behind: the story of the New Orleans Public School System


Tuesday, December 5th
Canal Place Cinemas
7:30 pm.
Admission is $10 and seating is limited

A second screening at Canal Place is scheduled for Wednesday, December 6th at 7:30

The 90-minute documentary, Left Behind: the story of the New Orleans Public Schools, follows three High School seniors through the 2004 and 2005 school years in one of the worst public school systems in America, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina.

Detailed interviews with every former school board member and most current ones, former superintendent Anthony Amato, current Orleans Parish School teachers, principals, community activists, financial auditors, state school board of education officials and more paint a picture of confusion, greed, politics, and despair that challenge the students at every turn.

Denied access and lied to by school administration officials, filmmakers Vince Morelli and Jason Berry, with the help of students, smuggled cameras inside several different schools to unveil horrendous conditions - from non-functional bathrooms to chaotic, classroom antics by students and teachers, Morelli says viewers will be shocked by what they see. "We couldn't believe how these kids could learn anything in this environment, and it was pretty obvious why the administration didn't want us there," said Morelli.

Left Behind brings a new perspective to the city's educational crisis, and the social problems that have resulted from it. In addition to the challenges at school, the students profiled in the film face enormous hurdles in their everyday lives. And the story reveals how violence - often brutal - is an all-too-common occurrence for many New Orleans school kids.

While the students struggle through the school year, many in classes with no textbooks, school board members and politicians wrestle for control of the system's $500 million annual budget. Relatives of board members and allies of politicians land one lucrative contract after another, teachers and contractors are arrested for fraud, theft, extortion and kickback schemes.

Actor/rapper Ice-T, authors Michael Eric Dyson and Noam Chomsky, and others also weigh in on the state of public education and the social consequences of running a system like the Orleans Parish public schools (read: post-Katrina chaos).

"The school system was the biggest issue facing New Orleans at the time we started filming," says Morelli. "It was frustrating everyone from politicians to teachers. We saw so much human potential being wasted in this system and how that was adversely affecting the future of the city. It was a story that needed to be told."
A limited number of tickets will be available each day of the screening, December 5th and 6th, at 5 PM at the Canal Place Cinema Box Office. The show starts at 7:30 PM each night.

The directors and some of the people featured in the film will be present at showing for a short question and answer session immediately after the show.
Academy award-winning writer and producer of Crash, Bobby Moresco, is executive producer of the film. The music is composed by Rolfe Kent, composer for Sideways and Wedding Crashers.

More information, as well as the movie trailer, is available online at:

You may also contact:

Mandy Vincent


Jeremy Cooker

Sunday, December 3, 2006


NOVAC’s digital editing workshops

NOVAC’s Digital Filmmaking Institute (DFI) will present two affordable, hands-on digital editing workshops at the LIFT Productions offices in New Orleans:

Introduction to Final Cut Pro – Intensive
Saturday and Sunday, December 2nd and 3rd
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Ben Balser, Apple Certified Trainer
Registration: Pre-registration required before November 27th, 2006
Location: LIFT Productions, New Orleans Corporate Office

Advanced Final Cut Pro - Intensive
Saturday and Sunday, December 9th and 10th
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. both days
Tuition: $225
Instructor: Ben Balser, Apple Certified Trainer
Prerequisite: Basic FCP editing techniques
Registration: Pre-registration is required before December 4, 2006
Class size: Limited (first come, first served based on pre-registration)
Location: LIFT Productions, New Orleans Corporate Office

About NOVAC and DFI
The New Orleans Video Access Center (NOVAC) is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit media center. For 34 years, NOVAC has supported the democratization of video by providing tools, technical training and production resources for both children and adult filmmakers in New Orleans. Visit

The NOVAC Digital Filmmaking Institute (DFI) offers a variety of affordable, hands-on digital filmmaking workshops in lighting, sound, editing, camera, and film/TV production. Classes are facilitated by experienced filmmakers, commercial producers and certified instructors. The DFI is funded through tuition, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mary Freeman Wisdom Foundation. DFI facility support is provided by LIFT Productions.

NOVAC Digital Filmmaking Institute
Tim Ryan, NOVAC
(504) 339-4350

Saturday, December 2, 2006


Please Attend Community Congress II

Thousands of New Orleanians, at home and displaced, will come together in 5 cities simultaneously: New Orleans, Atlanta, Houston, Baton Rouge and Dallas as well as in several other cities around the country.

Together we will decide the most important things we need to invest in to rebuild our city at the Unified New Orleans Plan's second Community Congress. The Community Congress in New Orleans will held on:

Saturday, December 2
9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. (CST)
At the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
900 Convention Center Blvd
Admission is FREE and open to the public

Register now to save your seat!
Free lunch, childcare and transportation will be provided.

Please pass this information on to others. You can call (866) 940-1095, fax (866) 940-1096, or visit

You can also download a Registration Flyer to help those without internet access get registered for their closest Congress. Click here to download the registration flyer.

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